It’s being reported that hospitality sector leaders are preparing to mount a legal challenge to the government’s lockdown restrictions.

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The challenge has been put together by lawyers acting for 14 organisations, including the Night Time Industries Association, the British Beer and Pub Association, and brewers and pub operators JW Lees and Joseph Holt.

They argue that the restrictions are not based on any “tangible scientific evidence” that closing venues suppresses transmission of coronavirus.

The challenge is being led by Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, who said: “We are calling out for the scientific evidence that supports closure. The vast majority of businesses have put in place impeccable measures to protect their customers, all at an extra cost to their business, yet it feels like the government are taking another cheap shot at the hospitality industry.”

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